After much careful deliberation, the 2021 Edmonton Folk Music Festival will not take place in Gallagher Park this year. As profoundly disappointing as this news is, we believe this is the only safe way forward. The safety of our patrons, volunteers, and artists was of paramount importance in coming to this conclusion.
With so many variables at play, the complexity of planning and delivering a festival of our size makes it impossible to move forward in our usual manner. Without full vaccination, we won’t be fully safe from the spread of the virus. With virus variants and vaccine rollout still uncertain, the impossibility of social distancing at our event could lead to community spread.
While we can’t gather at the festival this year, we will bring the festival to you this summer. We will build on our very successful on-line content, and if small gatherings are allowed, then we hope to add in some community engagement to the mix. Watch for news about this year’s plans for August 6 – 8.
We remain optimistic that a return to a new kind of normalcy for outdoor festivals is likely for August 2022, and can’t wait to see you on the hill then.